September 1, 2009 – Gather Update

As of today, the gather has not yet started. Everything is on standby as the BLM is awaiting for the Department of Justice to respond to legal action filed Friday that would prevent the 2009 gather from occurring. The BLM portions of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range continue to be closed. Please stay tuned for more information as we obtain it.

I’m also going to add my two cents in here. To all who have taken the time to read my write-up linked down below, I thank you! To all who have thought yelling at me without reading my write-up down below was the best course of action, I’d still love it if you read my write-up. Here is a highly condensed version of my write-up which by no means replaced my write-up; reading the full piece is the best. (The full piece can be read by clicking here.)

The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range (PMWHR) is a plot of land that is finite in size, and so it can only produce a finite amount of resources. These finite resources can support a finite number of wild horses. If there are too many wild horses for these resources, then there is the great possibility that damage to the land will occur.

The Pryor Mountain Wild Horses are a genetic resource that is well-worth preserving. To best preserve them while also preserving the PMWHR, I believe that different strategies that are based on the principles of conservation genetics must be employed.

If the lands of the PMWHR are not properly functioning, the future of the wild horses is uncertain. If the wild horses are not properly managed so that the herd’s genetics are preserved, the future of the wild horses is uncertain. This is a balancing act between the range and the herd. It won’t be easy to balance the two, but I think it is possible.

For the 2009 gather, the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center recommended the following strategy: We identified 30 horses, ages one through three, that could be removed without significantly effecting bloodlines among the herd. We recommended that no more than these 30 young horses be removed. We also encourage that the BLM start a properly designed fertility control program so that this, and not removals, can be the primary method of population control for the herd. We discussed how we feel that fertility control can be working properly by 2012, but another small gather in two years may be needed. We are not big fans of the removal of 70 horses as this requires that older horses, foals, many bachelors, etc be removed. Our plan was originally set up so that none of this would happen.

I am finding still that there are some misconceptions on fertility control out there, so I think it is neccesary that I describe what I feel everyone should know about fertility control; watch for this post soon. This topic is very relevant to today’s situations.

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  1. Just how many acres are accesible to the Pyror Mt.horses? Are cattle allowed in this area? Seems cattlemen control the public lands where way too many wild horses are being removed and ware-housed by BLM.

  2. Your assessment of the herd and their status is right on. What I have trouble with is the means in which the BLM undertakes these gathers–helicopters, long-distance stressful herding of young foals, etc. Wouldn’t carefully pinpointed bait traps up on the mtn. be a better way to get the desired horses and let the others loose? The proposed BLM method just seems like a lot of trauma, drama, and expense to accomplish the same purpose.

  3. I understand the roundup, I just don’t like the helecopters, or what happens to the horses that don’t get adopted.

  4. I think there are some big cattle ranchers around who have guest ranch cattle/horse operations.
    Not to name any names, but they show on their website taking the cattle up to the high mountain meadows in the Pryors.
    Some talk about uranium mining in area has prompted speculation as well.The main thing is. . . does the real nightmare for these horses begin after the roundup?
    Who is providing oversight on conditions all these Mustangs are going to experience where they are headed next? What about those programs that try to tame them for adoption? Are they being well funded so the horses don’t get sick? Are they being properly provided for? There are 30,000 of them! I came across a blog: which is pretty disturbing.

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